SAG opens first exhibit with cash prize


NEW DIGS—The Student Art Gallery (SAG) can be found on the main floor of the Lydia Olson Library, in Harden Hall. Entrance is free and open for students and the public.

Adan Mulvaney

The Student Art Gallery, resplendent with its most recent student art exhibit, has been relocated from the University Center due to construction, and it reopened in Harden Hall in the Lydia Olson Library on Nov. 18.

The newest exhibit in the Student Art Gallery, “Bare,” is an exploration of simplicity. It features many different types of media, such as photography, jewelry and paintings. A majority of the students who submitted to the show are current art students, but submissions were welcome from all NMU students. The most notable submitted projects were selected by the university.

“It’s always juried by faculty from the Art Building. People submit their work, and a juror decides what comes in, what doesn’t, what’s honorable mention and what’s best in show,” current Student Art Director for the exhibit and senior art and design major Bea Schuil said.

There are three to four art exhibits sponsored by by the Art Department per year, each exhibit based around a new prompt given to students to stimulate their explorations within their own respective media.

“Bare” is the first exhibit hosted by NMU to award a cash prize—the runner up piece of art earned $100 for the artist, and the best in show earned $300.

“It’s a great space for people to build their portfolio and gain experience showcasing their art professionally,” Schuil said.

BEST IN SHOW—Students submitted their own works of art to be judged by Art Department faculty with the goal of being displayed in the gallery.

Senior photography major Maddie Pederson and senior psychology major Sydney Warren both have art displayed in the new exhibit.

“For me, not being an art major, it was great being able to create outside of [academics],” Warren said.

Warren is displaying a mixed media project, while Pederson’s piece is a photography work.

“The best thing for me was getting to create without being defined by grades. The whole university can submit here, which is super cool. You don’t have to be an art major,” Pederson said.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It will remain in place in Harden Hall until Dec. 6.